As a kid who grew up watching "The Simpsons" even though I wasn't supposed to (I was also forbidden from tuning in to the evil, evil "Married with Children" or basically anything else that aired on FOX), Mrs. Krabappel was a regular fixture in my life all through my growing-up years. Which is why I was saddened to hear last week that Marcia Wallace, who voiced the bitter, chain-smoking elementary school teacher for more than two decades, had died at the age of 70. And I'm far from the only one: in addition to everyone else who loved and enjoyed her work over the years, Bart Simpson himself is also mourning Mrs. K's loss, as seen in this tear-jerking screen grab from tonight's "Simpsons" opener. Can I have my childhood back now?

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Bart Simpsons mourns Mrs. Krabappel on The Simpsons

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A former contributor to sites including MTV's The Backlot and Bloody-Disgusting, Chris Eggertsen worked in film development before indulging his love of pop culture writing full time. He specializes in horror, the intersection of social issues and entertainment and Howard Stern. He's on Twitter @HitFixChris.